Book II of The Hound and the Falcon trilogy. Elf-born Alfred has left the monastery of St. Ruan’s and with his spirited partner Thea has turned toward Constantinople. War is raging throughout the Empire and its capital, the richest prize in the 13th century world, is rife with intrigue and surrounded by hostile enemies intent on plunder. Alf is rescued from near-death by a noble woman whose family take him to their hearts. Gradually he regains his self-respect, acknowledges that he and Thea are part of a strange world and recognises his needs as a man, not a monk. But as tension both within and without the city mounts and lives are threatened, Alf realises his unearthly powers afford only scant protection¬† against the coming carnage. Cover art by Stephen Crisp.